Annabelle Gawer

Chaired Professor in Digital Economy;
Head, Department of Digital Economy Entrepreneurship and Innovation;
Director, Surrey Centre of Digital Economy (CoDE)


Professor and Chair in Digital EconomyCo-Director of CoDE, the Centre for Digital Economy, University of Surrey Business School Award-winning researcher, author and educator, Professor Annabelle Gawer is an expert on digital platforms such as Google and Facebook, and on platform-based innovative business ecosystems.

Highly-cited author of two books (Platform Leadership, and Platform, Markets and Innovation) and over a dozen articles in top international journals, Prof. Gawer’s seminal research on platform leadership and innovation ecosystems explains how innovation and competition interact to shape platform-based markets and the digital economy.

Annabelle’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Times, The Financial Times (hereand here), The Economist (hereand here) and The Wall Street Journal. A French citizen, Annabelle studied in France and in the USA. She is a graduate of MIT (PhD in Management of Technological Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2000) and Stanford (MSc Industrial Engineering, 1992), Annabelle also earned a Diplôme d’Ingenieur Civil des Mines and a Maîtrise de Mathématiques Appliquées (Univ Pierre & Marie Curie Paris 6).

A pioneer of international stature in the field of digital platforms, Annabelle is a leading voice in advancing research (Google Scholar indicates over 5430 citations as of February 2018), as well as managerial practice and European policy. Prof. Gawer advises the European Commission, the UK Parliament House of Lords, and the OECDon issues related to the future of ICT research directions in Europe and on the question of regulation of online platforms.